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Music and Comedy was a Calling for this Piano Player

People ask me all the time how I got into this? By ‘this,’ they think they mean “playing the piano.”

But by ‘this’, I think they mean ‘entertaining.’

When I was a youngster growing up, I was the middle child. So that’s one reason why I’m so good at making people laugh. The middle child was always in need of attention. They aren’t as important as the first two. The newness of parenting has worn off. So the middle child needed to resort to other tactics.

I picked music and comedy. Or maybe music and comedy picked me.

We had dinner as a family every night at the same time. Dad came home on the 536 train out of downtown Chicago. After saying grace, my main task was to crack the stern veneer of my Father’s deadly gaze. Manners were very important to him. Not so much to me.

My first comedy clubs were the family dinner table. It was a packed room of 8 every night. I was ecstatic when someone was invited over for dinner. I could go through my old routines all over again.

My sister told me later. We should have never laughed at your jokes. It only encouraged you.

It was not until my early 20s that I realized what a jokester my Dad was. He loved to sing and laugh and always enjoyed a party. But he died too young for both of us. I only have his memory and his letters from home when I was away at camp to remind me.

There was a pizza joint in a neighboring suburb. There was a piano player and a banjo player every weekend. They performed “Follow the bouncing ball,” Sing-along. We would get to eat pizza for dinner — with a Coke. My Dad would have a beer with his friends.

And we would sing. Loud!

We also sang at the Catholic school and in church. But nothing beat the pub for really kicking it out. Even if I didn’t know the ‘old fogey’ tunes they were playing, I still learned them and remembered them for the next time. Or figured ’em out before the song was through.

That’s what happens now when I have a mixed age room. I’ll pick current songs the youngsters want and pack them in with the standards the old folks want.

It doesn’t feel like a gift. I had to work at it. Lord knows, my family was a tough crowd. Mom, Dad, all my siblings didn’t fall for anything.

I can’t Dazzle them with Brilliance. Nor Baffle them with Bull.

The same holds true for every audience since.

I still view it as a gift when I see the joy in the crowd’s collective faces. Hear their laughter. Enjoy their compliments, handshakes, and hugs.

I feel like a kid riding his bike for the very first time. Every time I step on stage.

Let’s be kids again together. Give me a call for your next event.

Business or pleasure.

Company events and private house parties.

I have theme party ideas galore.

Ice breakers for conventions to let your prospects sales staff get to know each other.

Surprise birthday parties that create long-lasting memories for all.

It’ll be a blast!

Why Chicago Remains The Second City

Why Chicago USA Remains The Second City 

This news release caught my eye … for obvious reasons … we are a Mecca of The Midwest for tourism.
https://www.bestcities.org/rankings/americas-best-cities-large/chicago/

We’ve got it all here Chicago. As a lifelong professional piano player for hire, I am honored to be surrounded by World Class Talent everywhere you look. 
Theaters abound. Not only Broadway caliber shows, but over 250 small theaters. We feature original productions, stock theater, improv and cabarets. That’s just a tip of the iceberg. 

Not Just For Warm Weather Either

The spring and summer are when most people come to see us here in Chicago. But anytime of the year works just fine. Our winters have been milder and milder as the years go on. You’ll have access to some good hotel deals. Transportation has never been easier. Getting around on public transportation is a viable alternative. Take the bus if you really want to see the neighborhoods. Ride share got perfected here. The bike lanes are getting respect from other drivers. Plus it helps that they are being built up with curbs and clearly marked areas like you would see in Europe. 

 

Chicago Live Music 

Many of the downtown hotels and restaurants hire live music to perform. Two great examples are …. 

The Drake Hotel. The iconic hotel was used as a location for such notable movies as Flags of Our Fathers, Risky Business and Mission Impossible 

You will find me every once in a while at the Coq D’or Room playing solo piano and singing along with everyone. Upstairs in the Palm Court a wide variety of genres are represented from around the city for your listening and dancing pleasures. 

The The Signature Room at the top of the Hancock Building has got a splendid array of pianists. Plus, you really can’t beat that view! 

There are countless bars, clubs and lounges available too. Check with the hotel’s concierge for the latest sighting of who’s who in town for the week. 

Be sure to drop me a line when you’re in town. I can always give you some of the latest updates. I love bragging on my hometown Sweet Home Chicago!  

Let’s make this Valentine’s Day extra special. Live music & comedy always creates great memories that last well beyond your visit to our fine city.

 

 

Chicago Live Music 

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Chicago Piano Player Learns A New Word

 

The Word of The Year for 2018 is …Nomophobia.

Did you know what it means? I didn’t. So I had to look it up. Living in in Chicago as a professional piano player for hire, I found this year’s Word of The Year to be quite important.

 

It means a fear of not having your mobile phone with you.

Sounds real to me. Most fears are not real. This one could be potentially dangerous.

  • Not having a new lead be able to contact you quickly could be a deal killer.

  • Missed last minute gigs from other musicians.

  • Follow up calls from corporate event gigs that are usually built on trust and communication.

  • Notifications of certain special emails.

  • Text messages which most people feel like are to be instantaneously returned nowadays.

Nomophobia. Career killing.
Momentum choking.
Financial catastrophe Danger.

 

Working Chicago Piano Player

Or at least I thought so until I went without my phone for a few days.

I was working on the cruise ship gig. It was back in 2016. I didn’t think I was going to be able to last out there without it. There was little to no wifi available. The ship wifi was unreliable. The wifi in foreign ports was useless unless you went to a Burger King. (BTW The Burger King both in Jamaica & in St. Thomas had horrendous wifi.)

The thought of being unable to return calls and book my next gig was next to impossible to fathom. But I forged ahead.

I found that in a very short amount of time I was able to function just fine. Of course, it helped that I got a better data package. I also made sure I had more than one choice available.

For example, if the ship wifi was out, I could text or send a Facebook Messenger text. But this was back in 2016. So much has changed in that short amount of time.

I’ve noticed through our online marketing that more than 75% of our leads come through mobile. The uptick in videos is skyrocketing. The planned imbalance between land lines and cell phones is practically complete. 

Cruise Ship Entertainer 

If I hadn’t been on the cruise ship for those 2+ years, I don’t know how I would be able to function without my phone. Seriously. It’s one of those things right now. I’ve been back on land since March of 2018. It is now Winter of 2019. I have my blue tooth in my ear all day long. I need to keep charging my phone up every chance I get.

My kids are constantly on the phone. Telling “stories” on their pages and anxiously searching out likes for their pictures. I hate using my phone for that. But I don’t think my adult children are about to change their habits. Their phones are rarely used to actually ‘tele’-phone me anymore. Its usually some sort of group text designed to set up a time for meeting.

So next time you want to call me up and book a gig, I will probably answer right away. Quicker if you’re texting. It’s the way things are these days.

Nomophobia. The future of our lives – exaggerated. 

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Don’t Trust Your Next Event Entertainment to an Amateur

Get the only entertainer who will deliver your message that will last for months – not days, with custom written music and comedy created specifically for you, your employees and your company’s culture. Interactive music and comedy that creates good feelings and memories that will last a lifetime.

Book The Piano Music Show for Your Next Holiday Event or Party

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Comedy Music Gets Them Out of Their Shell

“I’ve seen a lot of comedy music shows but you dueling piano guys guys are the best!”

I don’t know how often we have heard that one, but we hear it a lot. People just love us as corporate entertainers. It’s not just the comedy music that everyone likes. It’s the improvisation, the customizing of the material to fit your clients, your event, your evening. It’s powerful. It’s changes how you feel. And makes you feel good! Even after all that it creates memories that last a lifetime. That’s a long time, isn’t it?

Not just talking about in Chicago either. The Comedy Music shows that we perform go all over the USA and we hear that everywhere we go. Why?

comedy music and fun. laughter chicago piano music

Can You Get Out Of YOUR Shell?

B’cuz Dan spent 10 years at The Second City where he learned how to improvise and make people laugh — no matter what.

We’ve seen audiences like these two stone faced Ja-Mokes come out of their shells before the night is through. ===>>>

And we will do the same for you at your next company events. We will be the corporate entertainers everyone will be talking about — for all the right reasons. Good clean music and comedy. You’ll be saying, “I never thought piano music could be so much fun!” And I’ll just say  “Thanks. We knew you’d love it!”

It’s all in the connection with the audience. No two audiences are the same and when you add the universal language of laughter and music … well you get a highly combustible combination of great laughs and great memories.

It is not about any one thing. It’s not only about the music. It’s not only about the comedy. Comedy Music is two words that can be muddled up in the hands of amateurs.

Our professional showmanship and entertainment GUARANTEES you will get clean music and comedy. Entertainment that is worthy of your company events, conference entertainment, and private parties.

So give us a call and GUARANTEE your clients and guests will get out of their shell at your next company event. 773-527-7417

Holiday Party Stress?

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Holiday Party Stress?
No need to worry … yet.

But there are only so many days in the Holiday party schedule. If you don’t act now to get your party entertainment squared away, you may regret it for a long time to come. Way past this year. 

Send us a quick note with your date and your location. Everything will be okay … as long as I have the date open. Too many years go by when I get a call for a date I am already booked for. So give me a shout now. 

ANOTHER PLANNING TIP: Many people are making Holiday party plans for after the 1st of the year.
You’ll get better rates on venues, caterers and .. of course … entertainers.

Give me a call right now before you forget and get distracted. 773-527-7417 Let’s get you all booked so it’s one more thing you can cross off of your Holiday party planning list. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Company Party Entertainment Ideas

Have you thought of the best company party entertainment ideas you possibly can? Have you made all your final plans for the Holiday Season? I doubt it. Nobody but the most advanced planners would. Which is why it’s important to ask.

Your next company event (after Halloween) may be the biggest company party you host this year. That’s why it’s important to get it right this year.

Were last year’s company parties the best you’ve ever been to? Or did you get some cheap band … or a crummy DJ that plays all the same songs?

This year will be when you give Dan the Pianoman a call. Exceptional Sing-Along Piano Music.

Great live music and comedy. Sing along to the songs everyone knows the words to and even the ones you don’t know.

Feel Good. Laugh Loudly. Sing Louder.

It’s all possible with one phone call. 773-527-7417. Talk to Amber and see if your date is available. There are only a few weekends available in this upcoming holiday party season. Better get yours fast.

Or you might be stuck with the same old boring DJ you had last year.

“We had the best time with Dan the Pianoman. He got us all up around the piano singing and dancing. I don’t think we sat down all night.”

Company events with live music is going to provide way more long-lasting memories than with a just a DJ. So, give us a call. Great piano music – holiday party entertainment everyone will enjoy. Great live music and comedy.

So think about it for next year. Or better yet, just do it this year. Get your people together for a memorably fun night of live music and comedy. Piano music with style. Chicago Piano player Dan Gillogly travels all over the place to bring more fun than is legally allowed by law.

Not only will you be glad you called this year, everyone in your office will be thanking you for too. Call now before the choice dates are gone.

Sing Laugh. Dance. Great memories One Song At A Time.